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Coronavirus Update, 5-29-20

Another 290 COVID-19 cases were reported on Friday. And another 20 Iowans lost their lives to COVID today, bringing the total to 520.  With at least 555 workers testing positive for COVID (22% of the workforce), the Tyson plant in Storm lake has decided to temporarily halt operations. Workers and community leaders have expressed frustration with [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-28-20

There were 246 COVID-19 cases on Thursday. Sadly, there were another 15 deaths today, bringing the total to 500. Today was also the first day that COVID cases have now been found in all 99 counties.  Two Iowa lawmakers are calling for an investigation into the state’s $26 million no-bid contract with Test Iowa. Multiple problems [...]

LAWMAKERS CALL FOR OVERSIGHT INVESTIGATION OF TEST IOWA

Des Moines, Iowa -- Two Iowa lawmakers are calling for an investigation into the state’s $26 million no-bid contract for Test Iowa.  Rep. Ruth Ann Gaines, Ranking Member of the House Government Oversight Committee, and Rep. Chris Hall, Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, made the formal request in a letter sent today. “We are [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-27-20

There were an additional 595 COVID-19 cases in Iowa on Wednesday. Sadly, there were another 21 deaths today, bringing the total to 485.  The Governor said today she would continue to keep information about COVID outbreaks secret from Iowans unless asked by the press. The state’s website only reports outbreaks in long-term care facilities. Some Iowans [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-26-20

Over the long weekend, there were an additional 46 COVID-19 deaths and positive cases in Iowa now stand at 17,661. Sadly, there were another 8 deaths today, bringing the total to 464.  The Governor issued another proclamation on Tuesday to loosen more public health measures designed to stop the spread of COVID-19. Bars can open at [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-22-20

There were 454 new positive cases on Friday, for a total of 16,408 cases in Iowa.  Sadly, there were another 18 deaths, bringing the total to 418.  As public health measures continue to loosen, please enjoy your Memorial Day weekend but remember to take precautions in public. @IAPublicHealth recommends staying 6 ft apart, washing hands regularly, [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-21-20

There were 421 new positive cases on Thursday.  Unfortunately, there were another 19 deaths, bringing the total to 400.  A glitch this week in the Test Iowa website left some Iowans confused when their online test told them they did not qualify for a lab test but later got an email telling them they did qualify. [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-20-20

In the last 24 hours, 237 new positive cases were reported with about 3,000 total tests conducted. Unfortunately there were an additional 14 deaths, bringing the total to 381 deaths in Iowa so far.  The Governor loosened more public health measures put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 today by opening movie theaters, zoos, [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-19-20

Another 341 positive cases were reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 15,296. There were an additional 12 deaths.  98 of Iowa’s 99 counties now have at least one case of COVID-19. 46% of Iowa’s cases are in Polk, Black Hawk, and Woodbury counties.  A brief survey for Iowa small [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-18-20

Another 304 positive cases were reported on Monday as overall testing dipped again down to just 2,603. There were an additional four deaths and 97 of Iowa’s 99 counties now have at least one COVID-19 case.  A new investigation released today is calling the state’s response time to COVID into question. According to the Associated Press, [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-15-20

Positive cases in Iowa hit over 14,000 for the first time today. Officials also reported another 18 deaths, the 2nd highest total on record.  As more businesses are eligible to open beginning Friday, the Iowa Dept. of Public Health is encouraging businesses to follow this guidance if they decide to reopen. https://idph.iowa.gov/Portals/1/userfiles/61/covid19/resources/IDPH%20Reopening%20Guidance%205_12_20.pdf As farmers struggle with [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-14-20

Another 386 positive cases were reported on Thursday bringing the total to 13,675. 12 new deaths were also reported and the number of Iowans hospitalized jumped up over 400 again.  Legislative leaders suspended session again and Iowa lawmakers will now return to work on June 3 to complete their work. State leaders also announced that Iowa’s [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-13-20

Iowa officials reported another 17 deaths on Wednesday with another 377 positive cases. The number of hospitalizations also ticked back up today to 388.  While the number of positive cases and outbreaks continue to increase, the Governor took additional steps today to loosen public health measures used to slow the spread of the virus. The new [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-12-20

Iowa officials reported another 539 positive cases and 18 new deaths on Tuesday. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Iowa is now just shy of 13,000 and is 14th highest per capita in the US.  Woodbury County saw another huge surge of 319 cases today. The cases originated in Nebraska weeks ago, but the [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-11-20

Iowa officials reported 414 new positive cases on Monday, which was 16% of the tests processed. There were six additional deaths reported.  After being exposed to the coronavirus in Washington, DC last week, Governor Reynolds announced today she is under a “modified” quarantine plan which includes regular temperature checks and daily testing. The state epidemiologist was [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-8-20

Another 398 positive cases were reported on Friday bringing the total 11,457 in Iowa. There were 12 more deaths.  Public health officials in Black Hawk County, home of the Tyson Plant in Waterloo which made national headlines because of an outbreak, said there were 1,031 positive cases of the coronavirus among the 2,800 workers. That’s more [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-7-20

Positive cases spiked up to 655 on Thursday, which was about 20% of the tests conducted. 11,059 positive cases have now been reported. There were 12 more deaths and hospitalization ticked up to 417.  While she didn’t provide any additional data to validate her decision, Governor Reynolds issued another proclamation late Wednesday and loosened more public [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-6-20

Another 293 positive cases were reported on Wednesday as deaths and hospitalizations both continued to climb. Positive cases have been reported in 91 Iowa counties. State officials released their plan to support child care providers during the pandemic. Direct assistance is available to both child care centers and in-home care centers still operating and those that [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-5-20

408 positive cases were reported on Tuesday pushing Iowa past 10,000. The number of deaths passed 200 for the first time with a new daily record of 19. Hospitalizations also continued to increase and topped 400.  For the first time, the Governor finally reported the number of positive cases at meat processing or manufacturing facilities in [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-4-20

Another 534 positive cases were reported on Monday bringing the total positive cases in Iowa 9,703. Outbreaks at long-term care facilities continue to increase and it’s up to 28 statewide today.   State officials have confirmed positive COVID-19 cases for staff or residents at five of the six human services facilities in Iowa. The largest outbreak [...]

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